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Reporter Inspires The Next Generation of Journalists

NEW YORK. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- One inspiration deserves another. At least that’s how one television news reporter feels about getting the younger generation excited about working as TV journalists when they grow up.

Nearly every day she’s on the job; WNBC TV news reporter Ida Siegal gets approached by children. Siegal told Ivanhoe, “They are fascinated by what we do. They want to see the microphone and the camera.”

That got Siegal remembering back to when she was a teen and a trip she took through the ‘Take Our Daughters to Work Foundation’.

“They basically came to my public New York City high school and said we want to bring some of your girls into the workplace” Siegal said.

They visited the ABC newsroom, then home to legendary journalist Peter Jennings. 

Siegal told Ivanhoe, “To be honest, when I was 15 years old I had no interest in the news whatsoever. I thought it was boring, it was something my parents did.”

Her group created a mock newscast to show Jennings and Siegal was the anchor.

“He looked at me and he said I think you got something, and that was it for me. Peter Jennings thought that I had potential” she exclaimed.

That was all it took. Siegal grew up to become a TV news reporter, then began wondering if she could inspire the next generation herself.

“I really wanted to engage them in a way that really spoke to them and explained what it really is we do as journalist. And I thought how can I do that? I should write a children's book” Siegal explained.

It took Siegal two years to write “Emma Is on the Air: Big News” but a major publisher, Scholastic, picked it up.

Today’s assignment for eight-year-old Emma: solve a mystery and report it on her school’s newscast.

Violet Ustaev, an 8-year-old aspiring journalist told Ivanhoe, “It sounds like a great book and everyone wants listen to it.”

Another aspiring journalist Mia Perez said, “You get to be on TV!”

It’s now Siegal who is inspiring the next generation of reporters!

Siegal is already writing more books about Emma and her job as a reporter. The series, made for seven to 10-year-olds, is available online and in stores.

Contributors to this news report include: Renee Stoll, Field Producer; Cortni Spearman, Assistant Producer; Jamie Koczan, Editor.

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